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Hard Pressed   By: (1859-)

Hard Pressed by Fred M. White

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HARD PRESSED

BY FRED M. WHITE

AUTHOR OF

"THE CRIMSON BLIND" "THE CORNER HOUSE" "THE YELLOW FACE" ETC., ETC.

NEW YORK R. F. FENNO & COMPANY 18 EAST 17th STREET WARD, LOCK & CO., LONDON

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I A MODERN SPORTSMAN 11

II AN UNEXPECTED MEETING 18

III A LIVING FORTUNE 25

IV A GREAT TEMPTATION 32

V THE SHADOW OF DOUBT 39

VI A TRIAL SPIN ON THE DOWNS 47

VII A LEAF FROM THE PAST 54

VIII ROGUES IN COUNCIL 62

IX IN THE TOILS 70

X CONFESSION 78

XI ON THE EDGE 86

XII A LION IN THE PATH 94

XIII "AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN" 102

XIV THE POST CLUB 110

XV JOLLY & CO. 117

XVI THE NOOK 124

XVII A FAIR DAY'S SPORT 132

XVIII AN EVENING VISIT 139

XIX THE EMPTY HOUSE 146

XX INSIDE 153

XXI THE EAVESDROPPERS 160

XXII A SOLDIER OF FORTUNE 167

XXIII A CHANGE OF AIR 174

XXIV A STRANGE VISITOR 181

XXV THE DERELICT 188

XXVI A SECOND TRIAL 195

XXVII DRIVING IT HOME 202

XXVIII HONOUR BRIGHT 209

XXIX ACTING THE FRIEND 216

XXX AN ULTIMATUM 223

XXXI A POINT BLANK REFUSAL 230

XXXII AN EASY FALL 238

XXXIII THE FIVE BASKETS 246

XXXIV NO. 5 253

XXXV A POISONOUS ATMOSPHERE 260

XXXVI FIELDEN INTERVENES 268

XXXVII BETWEEN TWO FIRES 276

XXXVIII LOOSENING THE GRIP 283

XXXIX A DRAMATIC EXIT 291

XL CAUGHT! 298

XLI HOME AGAIN 305

XLII FIRST PAST THE POST 312

CHAPTER I

A MODERN SPORTSMAN

It was a gala night at the National Opera House, and the theatre was crammed from floor to roof, for Melba was sustaining a new part, and all London had gathered to listen. It was rarely indeed that so fashionable an audience assembled in February. The boxes were ablaze with diamonds. On the grand tier, however, there was one box which was not filled with gaily garbed women and which attracted attention by the fact that its sole occupants were a girl and two men. Though she was quietly dressed and wore no ornaments except flowers, nevertheless a good many women envied May Haredale; for the box belonged to Raymond Copley, who was quite the last thing in the way of South African millionaires. He was a youngish, smart looking Englishman of the florid type, was becoming known as a sportsman and, according to all accounts, was fabulously rich. He was supposed to have discovered diamonds in Rhodesia, a stroke of fortune which put him in a position, it was alleged, practically, to dictate terms to the De Beers Company, and those "in the know" in the City declared he had come out of a negotiation for amalgamation with two millions of money in his pocket.

Be that as it may, he had purchased a fine old estate within twenty miles of London, and lavished large sums upon his racing stud, and people began to court his acquaintance. He was on very friendly terms with his near neighbour, Sir George Haredale, of Haredale Park, which accounted for the fact that the Baronet and his only daughter were availing themselves of Copley's hospitality that evening... Continue reading book >>




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